Inslee: Lawmakers will start budget dealings in earnest Friday

Staff writerMay 7, 2013 

Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference in Olympia on Feb. 15, 2013.

RACHEL LA CORTE — The Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that state lawmakers have made progress in ongoing budget talks by at least agreeing on how much things will actually cost.

During a meeting Tuesday between legislative budget leaders and the governor’s office, “the parties reached some common assumptions about what the real numbers were,” Inslee said.

Using the newly agreed upon cost estimates, key lawmakers will meet again Friday to start making serious offers on what should be included or cut from the budget, he said.

“We’re singing off the same songsheet as far as the basic data, finally,” Inslee said after a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday.

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